Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Yawei Luo
Yawei Luo's photoYawei Luo

Contact Information:
Work: 508 289 3433
Building: Clark 411B

Mailing Address:
Mailstop 25
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

My research tools can be defined as data synthesis, ecosystem modeling and the integration of the two through data assimilation. I am interested in using these tools to study microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and climate change in the global ocean. By using these tools, I have studied marine ecosystems focusing on the roles of two microbes, the heterotrophic and diazotrophic bacteria, from cross-site comparison, temporal changes in a long-term station, to a global analysis. 


2009:  Ph.D., Brown University-MBL Graduate Program, Providence, RI, USA

2003:  M.S., Peking University, Beijing, China

2000:  B.A., Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China


Luo, Y.-W., Lima, I. D., Karl, D. M. and Doney, S.C. (2013, submitted). Data-based assessment of environmental controls on global marine nitrogen fixation, Biogeosciences Discuss., 10, 7367-7412, doi:10.5194/bgd-10-7367-2013. Link

Buitenhuis, E. T., Vogt, M., Moriarty, R., Bednaršek, N., Doney, S. C., Leblanc, K., Le Quéré, C., Luo, Y.-W., O’Brien, C., O’Brien, T., Peloquin, J., Schiebel, R. and Swan C., (2012, in review). MAREDAT: towards a World Ocean Atlas of MARine Ecosystem DATa, Earth Science System Data Discuss, 5, 1077-1106, doi:10.5194/essdd-5-1077-2012. Link

Luo, Y.-W., Ducklow, H. W., Friedrichs, M. A. M., Church, M. J., Karl, D. M. and Doney, S. C. (2012), Interannual variability of primary production and dissolved organic nitrogen storage in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 117, G03019, doi:10.1029/2011JG001830. Link

Luo, Y.-W., Doney, S. C., Anderson, L. A., Benavides, M., Berman-Frank, I., Bode, A., Bonnet, S., Boström, K. H., Böttjer, D., Capone, D. G., Carpenter, E. J., Chen, Y. L., Church, M. J., Dore, J. E., Falcón, L. I., Fernández, A., Foster, R. A., Furuya, K., Gómez, F., Gundersen, K., Hynes, A. M., Karl, D. M., Kitajima, S., Langlois, R. J., LaRoche, J., Letelier, R. M., Marañón, E., McGillicuddy Jr, D. J., Moisander, P. H., Moore, C. M., Mouriño-Carballido, B., Mulholland, M. R., Needoba, J. A., Orcutt, K. M., Poulton, A. J., Rahav, E., Raimbault, P., Rees, A. P., Riemann, L., Shiozaki, T., Subramaniam, A., Tyrrell, T., Turk-Kubo, K. A., Varela, M., Villareal, T. A., Webb, E. A., White, A. E., Wu, J., and Zehr, J. P. (2012). Database of diazotrophs in global ocean: abundance, biomass and nitrogen fixation rates. Earth System Science Data 4, 47-73, doi:10.5194/essd-4-47-2012. Link

Luo, Y.-W. (2012), Two-Decade Decrease of Particulate Phosphorus Inventory Revealed by Hawaii Ocean Time-series, Journal of Marine Science Research & Development, 2, e109, doi:10.4172/2155-9910.1000e109. Link

Luo, Y.-W., Friedrichs, M.A.M., Doney, S.C., Church, M.J. & Ducklow, H.W. (2010). Oceanic heterotrophic bacterial nutrition by semilabile DOM as revealed by data assimilative modeling. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 60: 273-287, doi:10.3354/ame01427. Link

Luo, Y.-W., (2010). A Data Assimilating Model of the Microbial Ecosystem in the Open Ocean. Ph.D. Dissertation, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA. Link

Gasol, J.M., Pinhassi, J., Alonso-Sáez, L., Ducklow, H., Herndl, G.J., Koblízek, M., Labrenz, M., Luo, Y.-W., Morán, X.A.G., Reinthaler, T., Simon, M. (2008). Towards a better understanding of microbial carbon flux in the sea. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 53:21-38, doi:10.3354/ame01230. Link

Luo, Y.-W., Wang, H., and Wu, H.-D. (2006). Key questions in coastal ecosystem dynamics modeling (in Chinese), in: Frontier scientific questions in surface ocean lower atmosphere study (SOLAS), edited by: Feng, S., China Meteorological Press, Beijing, 71-77.

Luo, Y.-W., Wu, H., Zhang, Y., Sun, C., Liu, Y. (2004). Application of the HY-1 satellite to sea ice monitoring and forecasting. Acta Oceanologica Sinica 23:251-266.

Luo, Y.-W. (2003). Marine plankton ecosystem dynamics modeling of Bohai Sea (in Chinese). Master Thesis. Peking University, Beijing, China.

in preparation

Calil, P.H.R, Doney, S.C., Luo, Y.-W., Lima, I. (in prep.), Biological Relevance of Submesoscal Dynamics in the Oligotrophic Ocean.

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